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Shore Park Beach, Coes Pond Beach Reopen

For Immediate Release: 7/6/2023 11:44 am

WORCESTER, Mass. – Shore Park Beach and Coes Pond Beach will reopen for use Thursday, July 6 following a temporary closure due to elevated bacteria levels. Lab results have determined the beaches’ bacteria levels to be safe for swimming.

On Friday, July 7, Coes Reservoir, including the beach, will temporarily close due to invasive plant treatment. The City of Worcester Department of Sustainability and Resilience has hired contractors to apply a treatment of the algicide copper sulfate, as well as the herbicide imazamox (trade name Clearcast). This is a preventative treatment, and there is currently no threat of harmful algae exposure.

The day of the treatment, all persons are advised to stay out of the water, discontinue boat use and fishing, and keep their pets out of the water. All persons are advised to discontinue using water from Coes Reservoir for irrigation of plants or lawns or watering livestock. Beaches will be posted prior to the application. It is planned to reopen the lake the following day, Saturday, July 8.

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